Google’s Project Wing has just received approval for one of the world’s first commercial drone delivery services in Canberra, Australia. Simply put, users order through an app, and then the deliveries are made by drone within minutes. Aside from fresh coffee, you can also choose from a selection of fresh food, medicine and even ice cream. “The feedback we have received during the trials has been valuable, helping us to refine our operations to better meet the needs and expectations of the communities in which we operate. We will continue to engage with the local community and stakeholders as we expand our service,” said Wing. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Priced at a hefty $336K, the EHang 216 passenger drone is now ready for production, as it successfully completed its first driverless test flight above the pitch at Vienna’s Generali Arena. Practical uses for this air taxi include short-haul services for passengers, industrial equipment and urgent medical deliveries. It can seat up to two adults with a maximum weight capacity of 750 pounds and can fly up to 90 mph for ‘almost half an hour’. Read more for another video and additional information.
DJI Tello Iron Man Edition builds upon the success of Ryze’s Tello, and introduces a new beginner drone, complete with a flight control app with Tony Stark’s AI assistant, FRIDAY. It’s powered by DJI’s leading flight control technology that enables stable flying and multiple interactive flight modes, while still offering an HD camera capable of recording 5-megapixel photos and 720p video with real-time video transmission to mobile devices. You can take advantage of “EZ shot” smart functions including 360° Video and Circle as well as pre-programmed flight modes like 8-Direction Flips and Throw & Go. Product page. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Deryk Baumgärtner / SkyPixel
SkyPixel has just announced the winners of their 2018 Aerial Photo and Video Contest, starting with “The famous monastery of Le Mont-Saint-Michel during a foggy morning” by photographer Deryk Baumgärtner. For those who don’t know, it’s an island and mainland commune located in Normandy, France. It’s visited by more than 3 million people each year, with Mont Saint-Michel and its bay on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Read more for more incredible award-winning photographs captured with drones.
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Most drones feature a quadcopter design nowadays, but sometimes, traveling with it may be an issue, that is unless…you have a Dash Drone. Created by industrial designer Sheida Amiri-Rigi, this drone is unlike any other, since it features a modular design that can function as a single module or have several linked together to form an octocopter of sorts. Regardless of the configuration, it’s not limited to just flying, since you’re able to add up to seven camera modules too, just in case you need to capture some cinematic footage. Read more for additional pictures and information.
No, this isn’t a futuristic fighter jet, just th Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie, a stealthy unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) designed to be deployed by the United States Air Force (USAF). It recently completed its first maiden flight on March 5, 2019 at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Unlike other combat drones, the Valkyrie is equipped with stealth technology, including a trapezoidal fuselage with a chined edge, V-tail, and an S-shaped air intake. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
When remote-controlled tank meets flying drone, you get the Xerall X-TANKCOPTER, which is a hybrid device that can take off from the ground after zipping around on its neoprene Kevlar treads and then land at the push of a button. Thanks to its compact design, narrow spaces are no obstacle, whether they be in the air or on the ground, while its 120° wide-angle 720P HD camera captures all of the action. Read more for an endurance test video, additional pictures and information.
SNAPTAIN’s S5C WiFi FPV Drone comes equipped with an HD camera and perfect for beginners as well as enthusiasts alike, all for $67.50 shipped after clipping the 10% off on-page coupon, today only, originally $159.99. The drone can be fully controlled with a smartphone running the Snaptain Era App and Voice Control allows you to talk to position it perfectly for photo / video shooting. It’s easy to control with one key take-off and landing, even for beginners. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Hate bosses looking over your shoulder? The SiteWasp is basically an all-in-one monitoring drone that aims to replace supervisors at construction sites. “The objective of the SiteWasp drone is to remotely provide stakeholders with construction updates, thus unifying the planning process and the building process. This 3D drone system scans, measures, analyses, and documents with high-resolution images the current state and process of construction. It uses the digital BIM (Building Information Model) so that all remote stakeholders can react directly to crucial errors and differences, which leads to a more synchronized and efficient workflow,” said its creator Sebastian Gier. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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FLIR Systems, Inc. has unveiled the latest Black Hornet, a nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders. The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) is currently the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and this next-generation Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV adds the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling soldiers to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them. Weighing in at just 32 grams, the Black Hornet 3 offers the lowest SWAP (size, weight, and performance) for UAS available. Offering improved speed and distance compared to previous versions, the Black Hornet 3 flies 2 kilometers at speeds of over 21 kilometers an hour. Read more for an in-depth video, additional pictures and information.